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Zoom Meeting Setup

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Q&A with Pastor Paul will take place over Zoom tomorrow at 4PM. We look forward to sharing a short devotional of encouragement, answering any questions you may have related to our church during the current situation around COVID-19, and spending a bit of time praying.

Please download the Zoom app on your phone, iPad, or computer to prepare for this online gathering. You can go to the app store to download ZOOM Cloud Meetings on your mobile devices, or you can download it on your computer by visiting this page, then click on the download button under "Zoom Client Meetings."

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Once the app is downloaded, you can join the meeting tomorrow at 4PM by clicking this link. If you're unsure of how this works, you can watch this tutorial video and if you still can't get on Zoom, please email Mary Grierson for assistance.

If you have a set of headphones or earphones, it would be better to use them for the meeting, but if you don't have any, don't worry; the app will work fine using your device's speakers. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Posted by Paul Park

Community Amidst Our Current Reality

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With the current situation around COVID-19 and the comprehensive measures taken by our province and by the federal government to minimize the transmission of the virus, we are experiencing different lives than what we have grown accustomed to. Our social contact has been significantly limited, and many services and businesses have closed their doors indefinitely until things get better. As Christians, we believe that things will get better even when we go through what seems like the darkest of times. Our very faith depends on a belief in the resurrection, which means that God is powerful enough to bring a dead person back to life. If God can raise the dead, he can surely bring us out of these challenging times. Let's not lose hope; let's continue to place our trust in our powerful God. If you haven't already, I encourage you—especially as you face physical, social, and financial challenges—to read Philippians 4:6-7 and James 1:2-4; our staff went through these passages together, and we found them to be good reminders of how we must move forward in times like these.

In light of recent government restrictions and regulations, we are actively participating in minimizing the transmission of the virus in our community. Most of our rentals and regular gatherings at the church have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. We have also shifted our regular workflow and have closed our office physically. Our office hours will remain the same, M-TH; 9AM-4PM, with phone lines still open, but with staff working more remotely. The drop box for giving will remain open during office hours. Please check our website for frequent updates.

We're also working on virtual gatherings hosted online in a time of social isolation. Using technology that is available to us, we want to help our community groups and ministries to provide virtual gatherings using video conferencing platforms. These gatherings will include bible studies, prayer meetings, and Q&A sessions. All you need is a smartphone, tablet, or a computer to join these virtual gatherings in the comfort of your home. Our first virtual gathering will be on March 25th (Wednesday) at 4PM. You can click on this link at 4PM on March 25th and you will be able to access a Q&A session with some of our staff and ministry leaders (use Meeting ID: 711 547 610). I will share a short devotional, we will answer any questions you may have during this time, and we will spend some time praying for our church and our community. Please join us for this virtual gathering. If you have any questions on how you can join this online gathering, please call our church office during office hours (M-TH; 9AM-4PM) or email Mary Grierson, our Community Life Coordinator.

I miss you all very much. I wish we could be together on Sundays, but I am also thankful that we have the technology to help us connect even in times like this. May God protect you and lead you; may he speak truth to you and comfort you.

Blessings,
Paul

Posted by Paul Park

Persevering Together

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Many things have changed in the last few days. As a church family, we believe that we are called to love and serve one another and our greater community, especially in these challenging times. Even if we cannot gather in groups, there are still ways to reach out for help if you need it and there are ways to serve if you are able.

As a response to the growing needs in our community, we are going to be starting up two COVID-19 initiatives as a church body. These initiatives will allow us to love one another, serve one another, and stay connected in the midst of everything going on in our world. 

Phone Tree Initiative
Our first initiative is a phone tree. A phone tree is a system of making regular phone calls to each other to stay connected. We will be organizing this phone tree in order to reach out to those in our congregation and community who are unable to leave their house for various reasons, such as self-isolation. This initiative will allow us to stay in community with one another, enjoying fellowship, and spurring one another on in love as we trust in God's plan. If you are interested in receiving regular calls from our SDBC Phone Tree team please fill out the online form (link below). You can also sign up by calling the church office at 604-943-8244.

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Grocery and Supplies Initiative
The second initiative we will be starting is one that will allow us to deliver food and supplies to those who are unable to leave their homes. No matter what stage of social distancing we get to, we all need to purchase food and supplies. This initiative does not need to involve any direct contact or entering anyone's home. Rather, it can be as straightforward as receiving a grocery list, picking the groceries up, and delivering them to the recipient's front door. It is simply a way that we can be the hands and feet of Jesus by meeting tangible needs in this time. If you have any grocery or supply needs, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Sign up to receive grocery delivery

If you are able to help pick-up and deliver groceries and supplies, please email me.

As we continue to run this race and press forward together in unity and love, let us remember this charge in Hebrews 12: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God."

May our community come to know Jesus through the love and care we have for one another.

Posted by Mary Grierson

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